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The No Bummer Summer Reader

Updated on November 30, 2017
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Kim has many hubs on entertainment especially on movies, and actors she wrote for Squidoo and now has her own blog

Book Worms

It's that time of year to just be lazy & chillax! Get to the beach & relax to the sound of waves or Hop on the nearest couch or recliner in front of the fire place (or so I wish) with your book or E-reader all cozy.

Whether you're bored & stuck with a black out or have cabin fever from spring hayfever, weather Jack frost just pooped on your lawn and You're snowed in, or just flat out sick?

Maybe you have to do what I call the 'Free Reign' book report (Meaning you can read anything you may be interested in) Looking for recreational reading? I should have the answer here being as I think I may possibly have everything (or close to it) you may need to help you out. Also see my 2013 year of the book series for the ULTIMATE Book Report form/outline take notes then write the report.

I used to have this set up lke a book store would be with sections of new Releases & best sellers in one section, by genre, a Themed section, by age with a children's, young adult, & adult sections as well as my favorites (which includes recommended to and by me) even What I'm currently reading, but as it says in the next section (divider looking thing that says important...I've had to change the format (or is style a better word?). If something is no longer here it may be on a new page. which should be noted in the right sidebar the picture will show if it is published yet.)

There's links for virtual books shelves, How to repair a books, as well as a video, and a book you can order to learn more, and included links in that for the supplies. There's also an option of what you can do with your books when you are done reading them. (think of it as an experiment)

If I don't have a Book topic or title here? check out my other Lenses; There's music, writing poetry & other creative writing & a various amount of halloween lenses & holiday ones as well. Just to name a few so you can check my other lenses & I may have what you are looking for. Also there's Ultimate reading Lists Books

A room without books is like a body without a soul


The Books of Summers Past ~ The 90s

1990 Diane Ackerman's A Natural history of the senses

1991 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

1992 All the Pretty Horses -Cormac McCarthy

1993 Like Water for Chocolate-Laura Esquivel

1994 The Alienist-Caleb Carr

1995 The Liars' Club -Mary Karr

1996 Drinking:A Love Story - Caroline Knapp

1997 Plum Islands- Nelson DeMille

1998 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding

1999 Hannibal -Thomas Harris

Book Club - not literall


How do you aquire your books?

See results

Scouting for the Reaper

Scouting for the Reaper
Scouting for the Reaper

You can find my notes etc on Goodreads


It Books of Summers Past~ The 2000s the first decade

2000 White Teeth -Zadie Smith

2001 Cane River- Lalita Tademy

2002 The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

2003 The Da Cinci Code- Dan Brown

2004 Easts, Shoots & Leaves- Lynne Truss

2005 The Historian- Elizabeth Kostoa

2006 The Ruins- Scott Smith

2007 A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini

2008 The Host- Stephanie Meyer

2009 The Help- Kathryn Stockett

2010 The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Net- Stieg Larsson

READ - Who What where when Why & HOw

the girl in the back left I see has the Zak Bagans Book Dark World & the face on the one on the right you'd think she saw Zak w/o his clothes on

What is a Number Line

Summers past IT books

2012 Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

Searching the Stacks- by Genre

Here's a compilation of Books either sold as a box set collection or at least one of the books in a series., There's around 15 book in the sweep series but you can also buy them as a single book with a few of each of the books included (see listing below for what I mean)

There's WAY too many Sweet Valley High books to list all (I saw one that said Book 134!! So this is just a mention of the series and same for the Hardy Boys

I have personally read (or have some of) even at least one book in a series so far (sookie stakhouse (true Blood) series Dead as a Doornail, Vampire Academy) or have a book on the shelf to read, or have the books listed on my wish list to be read.

Some series i haven't read (& can't remember if I added to the list)

Maximum Ride Series

Artemis Fowl Series

City of Ember Series...

Shadow Children Series

Uglies series....

A Great and Terrible Beauty series..

Private Series

(I've been able to read an excerpt)

Supernatural Series (based on the Tv series)


R.L. Stine this author knows how to chill teens bones. The author has had two runs that I know of, of his GOOSEBUMPS stories and have beenturned into Tv series or movies!

The Books we grew up with (not sure if in right age group)

Sweet Valley High

The Hardy Boys

Harry Potter series... please see my harry Potter Fodder lens for all your Harry-ing needs

Chronicles of Narnia


In each of the Following Sections Starting with this I've included lists for books by Genre ...mystery, drama, sci-fi etc

and can also be of varying reading levels children adult or young adult (right now its mostly YA or adult)

Mystery, Crime Suspense

I Loved the Rita may Brown Murder on the Prowl. Its cute (It has animals in it & they 'talk' & as far as I remember its not a Violent or scarry mystery. The most recent I've read was the Physic Book of Deliverance Dane. A Flaw int he Blood & Lethal Legacy were very cool to read, esp. being as I'm not much for the crime genre so those are on the list of my favorite books.

All but 2 books on this list I have read or Own only 3 I do not but they sound good.

A Flaw in the Blood

Leathal Legacy by Linda Fairstein

Myrder on the Prowl by Rita Mae & SNeaky Pie Brown

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie

Who's kitten Who by Cynthia Baxter

Fantasy , Sci-fi & Horror

All Grades even Dark Fantasy with Werewolves Witches & Zombies

I have read or own the book on this list

The Mammoth Book of Fantasy

Night Life & Pure Blood ((Nocturne City, Book 1 & 2) by Caitlin Kittredge

The Nest by Gregory A. Douglas (this gave me the heebee geebies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Quirk Classics) by Steve Hockensmith

Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time, Book Thirteen) by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson

Bloody Mary And Other Tales For A Dark Night by Stefan Dziemianowicz


The Mark of the Vampire Queen (Vampire Queen, Book 2) by Joey W. Hill

The Stake by Richard Laymon

Thirst by Pyotyr Kurtinski

Dracula The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker, Ian Holt

Read like a Wolf Eats

Read like a Wolf Eats -

Booked Every Night

Booked Every Night
Booked Every Night

The age friendly rooms

Adult books

SERIES (its the series title NOT the book titles)

The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward++

Savannah Vampire Series by Raven Hart++

The Otherworld aka Sisters of the Moon Series by yasmine Galenorn++

Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlane harris (The set Tv Series True BLood is Based on)++

Dragon Lance Series by Margarette Wise & Tracy Hickman

Anita Blake by Laurell K. Hamilton

Songs of Fire & Ice by George R.R. Marin (Tv series Game of Thrones is based on) He currently in the process of writing 'The Winds of Winter

Janet Evanovich "numbers' series "*One for the Money"

If You ask Me (and of Course you won't) by Betty White

American Outlaw by Jesse James

Happy Chaos by Soleil Moon Frye (child star of Punky Brewster)

Elen DeGenerus

George Carlin Books-

When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin

The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade by Sally Wade

Brain Droppings by George Carlin

George Carlin - Class Clown by George Carlin

3 x Carlin: An Orgy of George by George Carlin

Last Words

Napalm & Silly Putty

Harry Potter series can be found on my Harry Potter Fodder lens

Some individual books

marley & Me by John Grogan

Dewey by Vicki Myron++

Stephen King- Delores Clairborn, Cujo, The Shining, Cell, The Colorado Kid

I've tried to include an amazon page that has all formats of the book on it, in case you'd like to purchase so just click away

Best Sellers List

NY Times Best Seller Lists

Please feel free to add to the list for ages 18 & up (at the bottom of the list is a button on the left to 'add to list'

Popular Childrens books and Series

Some of the stuff here I noticed should be in with the young adult section

New & old Individual & series (up to age 12)

Richard Scarry's A Story A Day 365 Stories and Rhymes by Kathryn Jackson

Bunnicula:The Vampire Bunny (Ready-to-Read. Level 3) by James Howe

Little Miss Gift Set (Mr. Men and Little Miss) by Roger Hargreaves

The Lovable Little Misses (Mr. Men and Little Miss) by Roger Hargreaves

Mr. Men Gift Set (Mr. Men and Little Miss) by Roger Hargreaves

The Marvelous Mr. Men (Mr. Men and Little Miss) by Roger Hargreaves

Harry Potter series

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

My sister the vampire deries

Harriet the Spy

Captain underpants

The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon


Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

Skippy jon jones

Read With Dick and Jane: We Play by Grosset and Dunlap Staff

Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

A Family Treasury of Little Golden Books: 46 Best-Loved Stories by Ellen Lewis Buell

Heroes of Olympus series

Dr. Seuss (any)y of a Whimpy kid

The Poky Little Puppy Special Anniversary Edition LGB (Special Edition Little Golden Book) by Janette Sebring Lowrey

The Berenstain Bears series by Stan Berenstain

If you give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond

Fun with Dick & Jane

Spiderwick Chronicles


R.L. Stein

R.I.P. Author of Berenstein Bears

Young Adult


Vampire Diaries

Edgar Allen Poe's Murders in Rue Morge

was Published April 20th 1841.

Historians of the Genre have sad its the first detective story and that Detective C. Auguste Dupin was a major inspirating for Inspector Bucket

Book Sale

How do you buy books?

See results

What is a Teacher?

It isn't someone who teaches something,but someone who INSPIRES the student

Teach your Child to read - Reading Stages & Logs

Check out 'The Broken Link' For sites,articles etc on Children's Reading Levels.

See the Links list for Article How to Determine the Reading Level of Children's Books

The "Ready to Read' books levels are as follows

Pre-level 1 Reconizing Words = Word Repition Familliar Words & Phrases and simple sentences

Level 1 Starting to Read= Simple stories, INcreased Vacabulary & Longer sentences

Level 2 Reading Independently= More- complext stories, Varied Sentence structure and paragraphs and short chapters

Level 3 Reading Proficiently= Rich Vocabulary, More challenging stories and Longer chaptes (ages 6-8 for Bunnicula)

& a Leveled Book List

To make things easier here's a direct link for a Levels list.

Scholastic Guide Reading Level list

(Image found in an image search. I hope this can be read easily. (otherwise contact me on my Fb acc't & we'll se if there's a way I can get it to you so its readable.

Barnes & Nobles (& I'm sure amazon as well) sells a book You can include what you've read, I think it also has a section for those you'd like to read (& can include the Isbn ##) with spots for reviews I also have in the themed list some log books and think one or 2 are for children

*Make Your own (for mine I included)

Title, Author, Date started, Date Ended, How many pages & an 'Other' column for any other notes I might think maybe a grade of how I liked it)

You can even add stars for miles stones 25th 50th 100th books read

*Use a book that way you can use the above + write a review) or make your Own sheet like I did in word or database program

What is your favorite type of book to read?

See results

What's your favorite type of story

We all have a preference to what we like to read. Some use reading as escapism to get away from life, So that would be along the lines of FANTASY SUPERNATURAL etc stories some like mysteries crime & thrillers

Others like FICTION or a feel good NON-FICTION story

Some want a wirlwind ROMANCE

There's others looking for the truth Sci-fi Ghost Stories etc.

Others like learning on their own maybe some sort of self help book

So what is your fave Genre?

In Memorum

Ray Bradbury-Halloween Tree

Maurice Sendak- illustrator/author Where the wild things are

What to Do when you are done with the books - Book CROSSING Zone

Bookcrossing brochure (a piece of it)
Bookcrossing brochure (a piece of it)

My appologies that the picture is a little hard to read but I was not able to fit it on the screen bigger so I could make a photo image of it.

This is my Favorite way to pass around books to friends & family.

I get an update when someone leaves a journal Entry (review) of the book. &

Try to read image above, if you'd like more information Contact me! (maybe I can send you the brochure in an attachment for easier reading)

I also have some documents so you can have some free labels made That I can attach as well To get you started!

In a around a month I should Hopefully be finished with my lens on this site so keep checking in

Find out more on my Bookcrossin lens here

Dueling Pages

What do you prefer to read Physical books or e-readers?

See results

Throwing the Book - Dueling Pages

To me There's nothing like the smell different textures of the pages as well as thickness etc. I think the reading experience besides the actual reading & picturing what you are reading entails the smell of the book & the texture of the pages. Some feel different also sometimes the pages have that straight edge others look like they have that 'ripped' off look. Like the pages are starting to flake away. I also find them easier when doing research to spread out rather than having to move (however you do) between books etc. on the e-readers. Or windows & tabs on the computer, I can see all the pages I left open at a glance with the physical books, with the computer or I guess an ereader, Its only one screen that can only show so much info at once. so for me REAL books are better

Tho' yes there is room for E-readers, I can only understand them for those that are students or constantly 'Up in the air' (always traveling or moving)

Write your OWN!!!! - sort of

I started to write a couple of stories in october (2011) I prefer to write in a composition book, or a binder with loose leaf paper

Then after I finish a page or 2 front & back, and after a day or 2 I type it while I do the edits & revisals.

If you really don't have an actual idea for writing even a short story, then use one of these books. (appologies as This was formerly on & they have now transferred over, so I am currently trying to figure out how to include what I want to note as hubpages doesn't allow for much (even on Recipe lenses to include the ingredients)

I've listed a variety of journals and other items to try to help you at least find an idea or start your own.

Some of the books that aren't actual reading, maybe you can write a book about doing whatever it is in the book each day, or take an idea from one of the pages & start that way. Inspiration comes when you least espect it (I really hate that, as I do not always have a pen & paper around to jot down the ideas for poems or my stories. One in which I got the idea from something someone said in a book or tv show.

Check out my Epic ballad of Poetry lens for more possible ideas!

Novel Idea - What is your favorite first line from a novel?

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      Lauriej1 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @Mickie Gee: Thank you for the compliment. Also I am trying to get around to adding some halloween reading to this but I do have a halloween page with a variety of books 9LOADS.. I htink there's over 100) on halloween, occult stuff & more. Anything I thought went with halloween.

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      Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @JeanJohnson LM: Thank you for the tip Jean.. I'm adding it to the romance list.

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      Great lists for reading! Thanks for the feature of my Book Repair Video lens, by the way.

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      JeanJohnson LM 6 years ago

      A really good book I remember reading that was a vampire book/ romance it was called The Silver Kiss, by Annette Curtis Klause, loved that book. Anyways nice lens.

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      Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @anonymous: unfortunately Squidoo doesn't seem to think so as its not noted in my Completed Quests. I also started the music one & spublished but that's not in there either.

      I just got another one to do as I leveled up & not sure if I want to even bother. (If I Publish an unpublished Lens for a A Quest does it count? ( I have a movie one & that's what it says one of the ones I can make (besides finding a bunch of lenses) I wasn't going to publish it until maybe November 1st but if It will count toward the quest once published then I'll participate. (I do wish tho' that instead of having to do the whole quest at once they'd ahve a save button on the page as it takes awhile to make the lenses. I try to make sure I have some content a(at least a text, & Book mod) before posting. & for this one you kneed to find 15 lenses. (Fashion, Fitness/health & omething else 5 each. 9The Kipsy the hudo ripr Monster Quest,.)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'd say that you successfully completed your quest and then some!

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      Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @VoodooRULEs: Hey THanks! No prob.. I'm actually getting around to Posting more to the list (as well as adding to my Halloween (but that will be published come October 1st or 2nd) You can follow me @Kymodragon on Twitter for updates or friendme on facebook & watch the wall.

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      VoodooRULEs 6 years ago

      Wow! Great lens! Wonderful list of resources! Thank you so much for making this available!

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      Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @DuaneJ: thanks it was a quest tho. But I love reading & I will be updating the theme list through out the year. Its NOT JUST for summer.

      I fyou want check out my other pages I have a poetry page, (jsut looked at your bio & see you do liek poetry. AWESOME! Hope you will like my page on it & any ideas you can suggest I'd love!) Music Page one on my City (& surrounding area) & have 3 currently in progress. including a(generic) Halloween one that I see you have ALOT of various pages for!! I'm going to add them all to the links or FEatured lens

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      Great idea for a lens!!


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